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Food & Nutrition

How to Survive Memorial Day without gaining a pound

If you’re on a mission to shed pounds, getting through Memorial Day weekend can feel like navigating blindly through an obstacle course. Memorial Day also represents the start of both bikini and BBQ season, and YES, you can enjoy your cookout without overeating and packing on pounds.

First, let’s acknowledge that one of the biggest hurdles we face while trying to lose weight is the temptation to indulge during the holidays. Hey, it’s a holiday afterall and calories don’t count, right?

Unfortunately, the next morning you feel like you must reverse the damage quickly and turn to dangerous crash diets to lose weight fast. You can avoid dealing with the stress of counting calories and overeating by implementing these simple tips to your holiday weekend:

Reach for veggies first

Traditional BBQ menus are loaded with meats, starches and carbs and typically lack vegetables. Great options include vegetables that are rich in water like grape tomatoes, bell pepper, cauliflower, cucumber, broccoli and zucchini. If you know you’ll be going to a cookout that won’t have lighter options, bring your own salad or veggie kabobs to put on the grill.

Eat lean protein

Substitute hot dogs, fatty burgers and sausages for grilled chicken or turkey breast, salmon, shrimp or even a grilled Portobello mushroom. These clean and lean alternatives are an easy way to cut out unnecessary calories while still eating a satisfying and delicious meal.

Pass on the alcohol

Alcohol acts as an appetite stimulant, which is a recipe for disaster for anyone without ironclad willpower. If passing on alcohol takes away from the weekend fun, treat yourself to a shot of pure alcohol instead of a mixed drink, which is typically loaded with sugar and calories. Or choose a lighter drink like light beer or a wine spritzer.

Drink water

Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated, but also helps with keeping hunger levels to a minimum. Load up on water before you sit down to eat a meal so your stomach is full which helps prevent overeating. Alternate drinking alcohol with water. Drink 2 cups of water between each drink. Not only will it help prevent a hangover, but you’ll cut your liquid calorie intake in half.

Stay sane and realistic

If after Memorial Day Weekend you find a few extra pounds on the scale, it may be extra water weight your body is retaining from the sodium you’ve consumed. Cut your sodium intake in half for the rest of the week, and within a few days you’ll be right where you were before the festivities.

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Motivation, Inspiration and Encouragement Uncategorized

What Are Five Steps To Help You Fight For What You Want To Be Tomorrow?

Keep this in mind whenever you think about what you are now and what you are aspiring to be in the future.

Being yourself is something that only you can do and be on a daily basis. Despite the fact that there is at least one person who wants to be you and have at least a portion on what you have, there is nobody like you in the world. Whether you can see that now or not depends on how you see your life at this point.

Today’s inspiration is about learning to appreciate what you are and how to keep on fighting for what you want to be. There will be times where it is not easy to do either one or both, but if you apply the tools that will be given in this post, you will be able to overcome such moments and keep the fight going for yourself.


The answers to this question will vary depending on the circumstances. Here are three facts for you to consider:

  1. What you are in your life is a result of the decisions that you, your parents, and other people whom have received permission to do so over time have made from birth until today.
  2. If you are constantly finding faults with what you are, you can never find the positives to be appreciative about.
  3. There is at least one person in the world who is thankful for what you are and/or who wants to be what you are right now.

It may not be at times to appreciate what you are to yourself or someone else, but know that there no price tag you can place on what you mean not only to yourself, but to at least one other person in the world.


As I have mentioned in the last question, there is no price tag you can place on your value to yourself and at least one other person. You may or may not have a variety of reasons to be thankful for what you are right now, but I want to share with you why I know you should be thankful for what you are now:

  1. Because you are always one bad decision from not being what you are right now, yet you continue to make enough good decisions to be where you are right now.
  2. Nobody else could have gone through the ups and downs that you have and still be standing like you are today. In my eyes, your life story is a true inspiration!
  3. Being that you are not one of the 151,600 people who die each day, you are given the chance each day to keep on living and striving to be what you want to be.

For whatever reasons you may come up with, you can see that there is at least some reason to be thankful for what you are now.


Right now, you have the opportunity to keep the fight going and be the person you want to be tomorrow. Here are five steps that will help you accomplish this goal:

  1. Execute your plans and reach your goals to the best of your ability.Starting with today, execute your plan exactly the way you developed it and accomplish as many goals as you can do today.
  2. Accept the person that you are right now as your foundation.Look at the person that you are now and thank everything that comes with being you.
  3. Develop plans and goals that will put you closer to the person that you want to be tomorrow.Come up with plans that are realistic for you to execute and goals that are reachable for you.
  4. Reflect on your accomplishments for today.When the day is done, look back on what you have done and be thankful for everything that you have accomplished.
  5. Do it again tomorrow.Start all over again tomorrow with steps 1 through 4 and continue the process each day until you become the person that you want to be.

If you can follow these five steps, you will always be in the fight to ultimately be what you want to be.